Author Archive: Antonia Guidotti

Monthly Archive: December Anto

Curator's Corner - featuring ROM entomologist Dr. Chris Darling

Posted: October 23, 2012 - 14:25 , by Antonia Guidotti
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Dr. Chris Darling brings out some cool insects. As well, from Out of the Vaults: the Bronze Beetles of George Foster will be on display. 

A rare ‘dragon’ found….

Posted: June 11, 2012 - 15:52 , by Antonia Guidotti

Sometimes, there are really extraordinary stories that are uncovered in our day to day studies; this particular one was submitted by Dr. Henry Frania, an Entomology research associate at the ROM.

More Butterfly Migrants arrive

Posted: May 4, 2012 - 14:21 , by Antonia Guidotti
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A second impressive ‘wave’ of butterfly migration has been taking place the last few days. More Red Admirals have been joined by some other migratory butterflies: Painted Lady (saw one in the schoolyard yesterday), American Lady, Common Buckeye, Question Mark, Mourning Cloak, Cloudless Sulphur, Gray Hairstreak, Variegated Fritillary, Little Yellow, American Snout, Dainty Sulphur, etc. The list is a long one. The occasional Monarch has already been recorded as well!

Monday’s Massive Migration

Posted: April 17, 2012 - 14:10 , by Antonia Guidotti
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For some more info on the butterfly migration see Antonia’s blog plost from May 4, 2012.

Biodiversity Series wins award!

Posted: March 29, 2012 - 10:57 , by Antonia Guidotti

Last week, the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects recognized the City of Toronto Biodiversity Series of booklets with their Service to the Environment award. The award is “In recognition of the recipient’s ongoing contribution in supporting sensitive, sustainable stewardship of the environment.”

Does a mild winter mean more insects?

Posted: March 26, 2012 - 15:27 , by Antonia Guidotti
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Given our warmer-than-average winter this year, ROM entomologists have fielded numerous enquiries about whether mild winter temperatures will result in more bugs this spring and summer. Unfortunately, there is no simple “yes” or “no” answer to this question  — the best response is “It depends”.

Bugs are moving in (not bed bugs this time)

Posted: November 3, 2011 - 08:54 , by Antonia Guidotti
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Question: It’s fall, why are all these bugs coming into my home? I’ve never seen them before!

Leptoglossus occidentalis

Western conifer seed bug; copyright ROM images

Yellowjackets (a.k.a. Late Summer Picnic Pests)

Posted: September 28, 2011 - 10:24 , by Antonia Guidotti
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We love picnicking outside in the summer but in August and September our meals are inevitably cut short because of wasps. What are they and what can we do about them?

Entomystery – why did the beetles go to camp?

Posted: August 12, 2011 - 11:44 , by Antonia Guidotti
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Antonia looks at the bug through a microscope in the ROM's entomology lab.

Antonia takes a closer look at the mystery beetle while solving the case of the unwelcome summer camp critters.

I found what looks like a tiny “caterpillar” in my home. What is it?

Posted: July 25, 2011 - 09:40 , by Antonia Guidotti
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This is my second posting that takes a closer look at some of the critters that share our spaces. Here I examine one of our most common household guests, the carpet beetle. The larvae look like tiny, furry, ‘caterpillars’.

Larva of a carpet beetle, family Dermestidae, also known as skin or hide beetles. Drawing: copyright ROM.